Structural FRP Panels – COMPOSOLITE to Replace Aluminum or Steel Covers

This application note discusses the use of COMPOSOLITE FRP covers from Strongwell as a replacement for aluminum and steel covers. The Mulberry wastewater treatment plant, situated in Fort Collins, Colorado, was in need of a removable cover measuring an 8-foot area without constructing an additional structure. The plant selected FRP covers as a solution.

Composite FRP covers

COMPOSOLITE FRP Covers

Pipe Valve & Fitting, a distributor of Strongwell, provided COMPOSOLITE covers as a replacement for aluminum covers to Montgomery, Watson and Harza Engineering and its contractor, Hydro Construction.

The installation of the covers was done in an 8' x 40' section and numerous 8' x 8' sections. COMPOSOLITE’s higher strength-to-weight ratio was the key deciding factor in its selection over aluminum as it makes the product better for maintenance personnel access and foot traffic.

The COMPOSOLITE covers are hollow core construction, which enables them to easily accept a stainless steel recessed T-Bar handle for a surface free from interference. The installation of the covers was carried out in phases in 2010 and 2011

Technical Data

Product : Wastewater Treatment Covers
Materials : COMPOSOLITE fiberglass reinforced polymer building system
Sizes : COMPOSOLITE 24" x 3" panels
Process : Pultrusion, Fiberglass Fabrication
For : Pipe & Valve Fitting; Montgomery, Watson and Harza Engineering
User : Mulberry wastewater treatment plant, Fort Collins, Colorado
Fabricated by : Hydro Construction

About Strongwell

Strongwell Corporation is involved in the design, fabrication and testing of molded or pultruded fiber reinforced polymer composite products for construction, commercial and industrial applications.

Strongwell has been pultruding fiber reinforced polymer composite structural products since 1956. Today, with more than 65 pultrusion machines and 647,000 square feet of manufacturing space in three plant locations, Strongwell has unequaled capacity, versatility and flexibility to meet the needs of its customers and allied partners. All Strongwell pultruded products are made in the USA. Click here to learn how Strongwell’s pultruded products out perform traditional materials.

The company is financially strong, quality oriented, technically advanced, and customer focused. Strongwell's customers include Fortune 500 industrial and commercial firms, major architectural and engineering firms, leading contractors and distributors, and many other companies - both large and small - in a variety of markets.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Strongwell Corporation.

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